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Everyone who visits Modena will want to partake in the platter of antipasti served family-style with three to six selections available daily until they run out. Items will range from chilled Octopus Salad, Artichoke Scafata, Marinated Peppers, and other local seasonal items like fresh beets. One will explore Pasta Fagioli with pipe pasta, local Coco Rubio beans and Piennolo tomatoes, a dish from Melfi’s grandmother’s collection. Our trolley will return in 2021!
For a sweet ending, Amaretti cookies will be offered as they are a mainstay throughout Italy and a wonderful finish to the meal.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Wood Fire Grilled Octopus
Purple Potatoes, Dried Moroccan Olives, Green Garbanzo Hummus
Potato Gnocchi al Tartufo
Truffle Butter, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Pecorino Di Fossa
Barber Ii Whole Wheat Tagliatelle
Beef, Pork & Veal Bolognese, 24 Month Parmesan
Brian and Victor were both great and really attentive! Fabulous food and service and excellent wine recommendation by Brian. Can’t wait to return!!
Staff was wonderful- manager checked in on us multiple times, but the food was just a little too fancy for our style.
Modena's service will catch your attention, but the food with fresh ingredients will force you to return. Starting with the bread, which is grinded, prepared, and cooked each day. The grilled octopus was cooked to perfection, and my wife, who doesn't eat much enjoyed the seafood pasta as an appitizer. The short ribs were not only tender, but packed a flavorful punch which ensures we shall return. Many restaurants don't retain s Sommelier one during COVID-19, but I'm glad Modena does. I'm not familiar with Italian wines, so the Sommelier took the time to suggest a few similar to my French and American wine taste. It was our Anniversiary and it was the best choice we made to enjoy our 21st.
The food was excellent as always. Patio sitting and ambience was very nice, and we enjoyed a beautiful summer dinner. The service was great and they respect all the Covid protocols
Such a pleasure to have you!
Excellent choice. Loved the atmosphere and food! Great!
Thank you so kindly for the feedback!
Great service, amazing food, can’t wait to come back
We were quite happy to serve you, can't wait to see you again!
All I can say is WOW!!!
GREAT by the book service!
Place looks fantastic.
Food taste and presentation amazing.
Excellent food with excellent service. It is a real treat!
Such kind words, we appreciate it!
The team went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The food and drinks were amazing. Overall an incredible experience.
The food was amazing and everything was so flavorful! Even their salads had lots of care and attention. The staff was pleasant, friendly and attentive. They were eager to help and provide anything I needed. It was truly what a dining out experience should be!
Beautiful new decor. Plenty of table spacing given Covid 19. The staff all had color coordinated masks and gloves. Our server Petra was knowledgeable, efficient and extra pleasant. She helped us make our selections and was spot on. The mousse appetizer and the tortellini entree were standouts but every dish was delicious. Almost forgot the gnocchi was fabulous.
My experience here was so amazing that I plan on going again next week. The chef seasoned everything to perfection and the plates were so beautiful. It’s more than a place to eat. It’s an experience.
Beautiful food, service and plating.
My friend and I came for restaurant week to try something new. Overall the experience was great. The server was very informative and stirred us in the right direction. Over all great staff and amazing food.
Two friends and I decided to go out for a nice Friday night dinner for the first time since the pandemic and we were not disappointed. Modena had taken all the social distancing safety precautions, they made us feel incredibly safe while dining. We decided to dine outside (there’s tons of umbrellas even if it starts to rain) but I wouldn’t dismiss to actually dine inside at Modena after seeing the lengths they’ve gone through to make their diners feel comfortable. All servers, food runners and bussers wore masks and gloves and tried to distance themselves when picking up our plates etc.
The food was absolutely out of this world and the chef even came to chat with us (he wearing a mask and keeping his distance, this was very much appreciated). The service was incredible, not only was the server Hoshang (spelling?) incredibly knowledgeable and made some great recommendations, he also made sure that we were well taken care of. The highlight of the night came from their sommelier Dwight (who’s also one of their managers). Per our servers recommendation we decided to entrust Dwight with our beverage choices for each one of our courses and he was spot on every single time. He started out by asking us what our usual beverage preferences would be and then served us wine in accordance with not only our meals but our individual wine preferences. The wine selection is five stars all around!
We found out that they’d be open for restaurant week and my friends and I are already planning to individually get delivery for either lunch or dinner, if not both, and we’ve been sharing that with as many people as we know.
P.S. I would recommend the tiramisu or the pan a cotta for dessert!! And please, always order their salmon raviolo and melon salad!
So glad they are back! Service and food were impeccable. New expanded patio is great. Chef John came out to the table and really made our night.
Amazing!!!! Loved the food, the service was amazing and I highly recommend this restaurant.
Amazing place, great food and incredible service. Can’t wait to return
The food here was very fresh and many items made in-house made it particularly tasty. Loved the service and simplicity but thoughtfulness of the food pairings and presentation. I am looking forward to going back again for dinner next time.
Food was decent, but the venue was very pretty. Definitely a nice place to go out to, but not enough to rave about personally.
Just average food and service
Excellent Italian restaurant with well thought out dishes.
Overpriced food for what you get. Pizza, which we had to ask them to prepare for us during dinner when it’s only on the lunch menu, was the only food with flavor. Both pastas we ordered were tasteless or left a bad taste of clams. Overall, a waste of money.
Outstanding cooking but could use a bigger lunch menu. And for people who don’t eat pork, mor non-pork meat or pasta dishes.
Excellent food. The wine was spectacular! A lot of great options, the beverage director Dwight did a spectacular job!
Birthday dinner with 12 people. Food was amazing and service was great!
True Italian. Best service. Go there soon. Excellent wine selection.
All good except pork which arrived as a pork chop NOT from absuckling pig. Exttremely over priced and not as described. VERY disappointing & offensively priced.
Excellent food and service. Salads and first courses might be much smaller and more reasonably priced.
Good wine list. Quiet for dinner; easy to talk.
Thank you for a great meal. Everyone and everything was wonderful!
I wish I could give 3.5 stars. The food was fine, but I was expecting better. The grilled artichokes were quite tasty, with a good texture. However, the carbonara, while fine, had pasta that was just meh.
Delightful dinner with amazing service!
We have a lovely meal. The food is excellent especially the tuna crudo! Can't wait to go back.
Everyone tried to win the “nice” award. John was a star, even planting himself on the corner in frigid weather to hail a taxi for me. Great place. I’d go again.
First time at Modena, and we were pleasantly surprised. Charming and engaging wait staff, delicious food, beautiful atmosphere... it was a lovely experience. We were seeing a film at Galleryplace so dined on the earlier side and it was pretty quiet when we arrived. Had two delicious apps, the burrata and the grilled octopus. Tiny basket of fresh bread was also scrumptious. For primi, we had clam spaghetti (yum!), and for secondi, lamb (yum yum!!). We didn't have dessert but server snuck us some delicious tiny almond cookies that were heavenly. I really loved the modern twist on classic Italian dishes and look forward to coming back!
Nothing I could find to criticize. Absolutely perfect! Worth every penny.
Modena was delicious. My girlfriend and I went on Valentine’s Day, so we had the preset menu. I ordered the salmon “raviolo”, the filet mignon, and the pear & lemon tart.
The salmon “raviolo” was ok. Honestly, I decided to go out of my comfort zone, and it’s not really what I was expecting. If it’s something you generally like however, I’m sure you would have found it superb.
They were out of the filet mignon, so I decided on the bison, at the servers recommendation. I’m glad I did, because it was cooked perfectly, and the sauces were to die for. Absolutely delicious.
The pear & lemon tart was the perfect finish. It was light and favorable. The perfect balance of sweet and tart.
My girlfriend had the tortellini, the lobster, and the bombolini. I tried each, and they were all delicious as well.
The service was a little slow. We arrived at 9:15 and didn’t leave until around 11. I understand not wanting to rush us, and appreciate that, but we aren’t from DC and had an hour drive home. Also, we were sitting around between courses waiting, when by that time the restaurant was half empty. However the waitress had great recommendations and was friendly enough.
I would absolutely recommend this place for a date night or special occasion, because it’s a little expensive. But if you can afford it, definitely go. It’s worth every penny.
Spectacular in every way! Every course was full of flavor and creativity - can't wait to go back!
Chef Melfi is an amazingly talented chef and artist. He leads a team of true professionals. A dinner there is always a treat! AMAZING!
Modena is a gem. Fit for foodies. All of the courses we tried were delicious, with great ingredients and skilled preparation. Their pasta is not only home made, they also grind their own flour! And the sauces had wonderful herbs adding aroma and flavors. A trio of appetizers we tried was wonderful. The seafood and bolognese were outstanding, as was a pear tart for dessert. Our waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly without being obtrusive. Overall, even better than some of the very good reviews we have seen in print.
Modena does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Modena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 216-9550.
Modena is rated 4.6 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.